Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

2017 Ford F-150

Ford is recalling more than 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duty trucks because a defective door latch could compromise driver and passenger safety. The recall is associated with faulty door latches that could cause water to infiltrate the door, eventually leading to the failure of the latch.

Ford is issuing a recall for more than a million F-Series pickups sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In an effort to remedy the problem, Ford dealerships will be instructed to inspect the door latches and actuation cables. In total, 1,344,605 units are impacted.

The company in November 2016 sent a bulletin to dealers that warned some 2015-2017 Ford F-150 trucks could have inoperative latches during freezing temperatures. "Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions, the door may appear closed, but the latch may not fully engage the door striker with the potential that the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury", the release said.

According to a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford expects that repairs for the trucks will cost around $267 million.

2015-17 F-150, built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 11, 2014 to December 30, 2016.

Ford's stock traded higher at the time the announcement was made.

Although the F-Series roots are as a work truck, Ford has been pushing the vehicle line upscale. Through the first nine months of the year, the company has sold almost 600,000 F-Series pickups, up 10.6 percent from the same period in 2016. It shares were flat at $12.20.

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